GenreAdventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi ProducerRoger Corman CountryUnited States
Release date1988 WriterDeborah Brock, Jed Horovitz CastRandy Josselyn, Jessica Puscas, Dianne Kay, John Bluto Similar moviesInterstellar, Independence Day, Self/less, Taken 3, Southland Tales, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
TaglineA Fantastic Journey In Space And Time!
Andy Colby’s Incredible Adventure is a 1988 child’s science fiction film, directed by Deborah Brock and written by Brock and Jed Horovitz, about a boy who has to travel through several videos and static-filled channels in order to rescue his sister who was snatched into the television because she sat too close to it.
As it was thought the film's original release title would be confused with Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, the name was changed to Andy and the Airwave Rangers for 1989 video release. The film is referred to as a full-length "cheater" in that it takes advantage of film highlights gleaned from previous Roger Corman films Space Raiders, Wizards of the Lost Kingdom, Deathsport, Chopping Mall, and Wheels of Fire.
Andy Colby (Randy Josselyn) is a 12-year-old boy with too much time on his hands and an addiction to movies. He goes to a local video store looking for a movie he hasn’t seen and asks the crazy video store clerk (John Bluto), for a real adventure. He is given a new video that isn't even on the shelves yet. He is also given instructions to never let go of the remote and don’t sit too close to the television.
Unfortunately, his sister Bonnie (Jessica Puscas) is instead sucked into the TV and Andy has to rescue her. In his haste he ends up letting go of the remote and gets too close to the screen. With the help of characters from past movies, Andy has to face many trials to get his sister away from the purple and barely menacing villain, Lord Chroma (Chuck Kovacic).
Randy Josselyn as Andy Colby
Dianne Kay as Mrs. Colby
John Bluto as Video Store Clerk
Chuck Kovacic as Lord Chroma
Don Sparks as The Glitch
John Franklin as The Gatekeeper
Lara Piper as Bionda
Jessica Puscas as Bonnie Colby
Vince Edwards as Space Raider
Patsy Pease as Space Raider
Luca Bercovici as Space Raider
Drew Snyder as Space Raider
Thom Christopher as Space Raider
Don Washburn as Space Raider
Bo Svenson as Kor The Conqueror
After its limited 1988 theatrical release as Andy Colby’s Incredibly Awesome Adventure, the film was released in 1989 as Andy and the Airwave Rangers. Over its various video releases the film was also titled Andy Colby's Incredible Video Adventure and Andy Colby's Incredibly Awesome Adventure. This film had little impact on the market of the late 80s. It is a ‘B’ film and was considered so in its various straight to VHS releases. Though released in VHS in 1989 and DVD in 2006, the film can still be found theatrically at locations showing older films, such as The Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles.
Allrovi wrote that with the film's "crazy-quilt melange", its "young stars perform as well as possible under the circumstances (it's hard to be convincing while reacting to stock footage), but the film's acting honors go to Chuck Kovacic as the wigged-out villain." The film had DVD release on February 7, 2006 by Walt Disney Video.